AG announces Volkswagen settlement – Great Falls Tribune
HELENA — The state Attorney General’s Office on Wednesday said Montana Consumer Protection office will get nearly $2 million in a $750 million settlement requiring Volkswagen to pay for deceptive trade practices for diesel vehicles equipped with illegal emissions monitoring software.
They also provided information for Montanans who may be affected in the dispute.
The agreement is part of state and federal settlements that will provide cash payments to affected consumers, require Volkswagen to buy back or modify certain VW and Audi 2.0-liter diesel vehicles, and prohibits Volkswagen from engaging in future deceptive acts and practices.
“These proposed settlements are welcome news for the nearly 2,800 Montanans registered as owning or leasing vehicles affected by Volkswagen’s emissions fraud,” Attorney General Tim Fox said.
This resolves consumer protection claims raised by a coalition of state attorneys general co-led by attorneys general in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington, and joined by other states against Volkswagen AG, Audi AG and Volkswagen Group of America Inc., Porsche AG and Porsche Cars, North America Inc.
They also resolve actions against Volkswagen brought by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, California and car owners in private class action suits.
The investigation confirmed that Volkswagen sold more than 570,000 2.0- and 3.0-liter diesel vehicles in the United States equipped with “defeat device” software to circumvent applicable emissions standards for certain air pollutants, and hid the existence of the defeat device from regulators and the public.
Once the consumer program is approved by the court, affected Volkswagen owners will receive restitution payment of at least $5,100 and a choice between buy back or a modification.
Fox said it’s a good time for owners or lessees of the affected vehicles to determine which option is right for them.
Under the settlements, Volkswagen must implement a restitution and recall program for more than 475,000 owners and lessees of 2.0-liter diesel vehicles, of the model year 2009 through 2015 listed in the chart below at a maximum cost of around $10 billion.
The full details of the consumer program are available online at VWCourtSettlement.com and www.ftc.gov/VWSettlement.
Montana consumers who have questions about the proposed settlement may also call the Office of Consumer Protection at the Montana Department of Justice at 1-800-481-6896 toll-free within the state, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.